If your little one (or indeed you!) has trouble getting off to sleep, a white noise machine for baby can work wonders.
There are a number of white noise machines on the market, but if you want the best white noise machine for baby, I’d recommend the Marpac Natural White Noise Sound Machine.
Not only is it the Official Sound Conditioner of the National Sleep Foundation, but customers love it, making it a best seller.
Why Do Babies Love White Noise?
If you think about it, life inside the womb is LOUD.
So from a baby’s perspective, after 9 months of hearing mum’s constant heartbeat and other bodily sounds, sleeping in a totally silent room can be unsettling. Precious Little Sleep even goes as far as to say that life inside the womb is only slightly less loud than a lawnmower!
White noise can therefore act as a sleep aid which can help baby return to that safe space they experienced in the womb.
What Are The Benefits Of White Noise For Baby
- may reduce stress
- can help induce sleep
- may reduce crying in babies
- could reduce risk of SIDS.
In fact, when my little lady was a babe in arms, whenever she cried, a friend told me to ‘shush’ really loudly. Not in a passive, calm way – but LOUDLY like this ‘SHUSHHHHHHHH’.
Seriously, it worked.
You might feel a bit silly, but, basically, it’s just white noise we make ourselves. We can’t realistically shussh like that all night though, or we’d be exhausted (not to mention hoarse!) so this is where a white noise machine can be invaluable.
What Makes The Marpac The Best White Noise Machine For Baby?
The soothing sound of the Marpac white noise machine lulls babies to sleep and produces a consistent, steady sound, which also masks noises which might otherwise wake them.
The fan produces a soothing ‘shushhh’ sound of rushing air (but without the disturbance of actual moving air).
As well as produce a natural, soothing sound for babies, the Marpac white noise machine is able to block distracting noises across a range of frequencies for deeper sleep and relaxation. The soothing sounds soon become part of baby’s sleep routine, making it a portable source of comforting, familiar sound, anywhere.
Recommended by the National Sleep Foundation
Marpac Dohm-DS is also the official sound conditioner of the National Sleep Foundation.
The NSF recognizes the usefulness of white noise both for:
- masking disruptive sounds in a sleep environment
- a soothing part of the bedtime routine.
Marpac as also the recognized leader in sound machines.
Key Features of the Marpac White Noise Machine for Baby
- Official Sound Conditioner of the National Sleep Foundation
- Provides excellent noise-masking capabilities and a soft comfortable background sound where it might otherwise be too quiet
- Creates a consistent, smooth sound of rushing air (similar to noises in the womb)
- Perfect for baby nurseries or any sleep environment where unwanted disturbing or intrusive noise is a problem
- Easy to use – simply plug it in and turn it on, then rotate the cap and collar to adjust tone and volume
- works for grown ups too!
What Does the White Noise Sound Like?
Have a watch of the official Marpac video below and you can hear the white noise in action. It’s probably the best way to get an idea of what the machine actually sounds like.
Is White Noise Safe For My Baby?
You may have seen some sites citing a study, which suggested some white noise machines were so loud that over a prolonged period of time, they could be harmful to babies hearing.
New studies seem to tell us different things each week, making it hard to know what to do sometimes. However, some of the noise machine tested for the study were reaching levels of up to (or over) 80dB, which is above the recommended volume of around 50 dB for babies, when measured from crib or table-side distance.
The Marpac Dohm does not reach these levels and has a range of 50-75 dB.
To give a more tangible example of what this means in real life, a very quiet room with no perceptible noise except the slight buzz of a lightbulb or a few people breathing is around 45 dB. So 50 dB is actually pretty quiet!
As with anything, use your common sense – don’t blast the white noise at the maximum volume right next to your baby’s head – place it at a safe distance from where your baby is sleeping and keep the noise level between 50 and 60dB, depending on how far you place it from where baby is sleeping.
Will My Baby Ever Be Able To Sleep Without The White Noise Machine?
When your baby is around 1 or so, you can start to decrease the volume of the white noise and wean the baby off it.
It’s no different to breast feeding in a way – at some point baby stops!
Plus the benefits of white noise tend to stop around this time anyway.
Bottom Line – Best White Noise Machine For Baby
At the end of the day, sleeping without any sort of aid is preferable really in my view.
I co-slept with my child when she was a baby, but I didn’t always want to go to bed exactly at the same time as her after the first initial months had passed. This was when getting her to sleep became a bit more problematic and an aid such as white noise proved helpful.
I always turned it off when I went to bed, but of course not everyone co-sleeps.
To wrap things up, if your baby is struggling to sleep and it’s causing stress for both parent and baby, opting for a white noise machine for baby can be a great bet.